Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes Review and Recipe

Let’s talk about my favorite macronutrient…protein.

Protein is absolutely essential to your daily diet.

With my busy lifestyle, I often find it hard to get enough protein at breakfast, lunch, or during my snacks and often find myself compensating for my lack of protein by trying to consume it all at dinner.

This is no bueno.

Luckily Skinnygirl has come out with these new Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes to help us reap some of the benefits of added protein:

 Metabolism: Protein speeds up your metabolism because the body uses more calories to break down protein compared to fat or carbohydrates.

Oxygen: Protein carries oxygen throughout our bodies.

Immunity: Protein provides antibodies to protect us from infections.

Maintain Healthy Weight: Protein helps you feel full and satisfied. Research suggests getting 30% of calories from protein may help curb appetite.

Muscle Health: Getting protein in our bodies within 30 minutes after exercise supports lean muscle growth and recovery.

So, how much protein do we really need?

To calculate your protein needs use this formula:

Weight (lb.) x .38 = Grams of protein needed/day

The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 46 grams/day for the average woman.

We can achieve this by getting at least 25-30 grams of protein from a total of 3 meals and 10-15 grams of protein from 1-2 snacks daily.

The truth is: We all snack A LOT, and we should, but let’s all make an effort to snack wisely. This allows us to avoid consuming our energy from sugary snacks or not even snacking at all which can make us feel tired in the middle of the day.

This is not fun.

WE NEED ENERGY. Good energy and good protein.

I got the chance to try the newest product from the Skinnygirl line…Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes, a few weeks ago.

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Each 11.5 oz. bottle has 80 calories, 0g sugar, and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they are gluten-free and low fat.

With these amazing nutritional facts, I was flooooooored.

The Rich Chocolate Brownie flavor was ultra creamy, with the perfect chocolate flavor, not too intense and the perfect cold snack after a hot, humid run here in Texas. It literally tasted like I was drinking dessert…only a healthy dessert

The Vanilla Bean Sundae held true to it’s name…it tastes just like vanilla bean ice cream. All you need is a cherry on top.

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I was absolutely wowed by how good these protein shakes were.

Very impressive Skinnygirl.

These Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes are available at Walmart and Skinnygirldaily.com and will be coming to other retailers soon.

The shakes come in a 4-pack and are $5.78 at Walmart.

Now, let’s get creative.

You can actually use these protein shakes in just about any recipe that calls for milk or liquid.

Let’s bake.

More specifically, let’s put that Vanilla Bean Sundae protein shake into banana bread.

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread.

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BOOM!

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This banana bread is spiced with cinnamon and packs an extra protein punch with the sweet taste of vanilla from the protein shake.

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Plus, it’s gluten-free and has pecans for an added crunch!

So get to a store near you and try these shakes, and try my recipe below. Share in your excitement by following Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook and hashtagging your posts with #SkinnygirlProtein

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
Melt in your mouth banana bread made with Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake and pecans, and spiced with cinnamon . Vanilla + cinnamon + protein for a tasty and healthy spin on the traditional banana bread. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ c. egg whites
  • ½ c. Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. raw pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas through the baking soda until combined.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and coconut flour until combined.
  4. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
  6. Let cool and slice into even squares.

 MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Protein Muffins

Y’all…Thanksgiving is THURSDAY.

That means crunch time.

Are you cooking a big feat for your family? Or are you going out to a four-star catered Thanksgiving brunch with relatives?

If it’s the first option, you probably have some prepping to do.

No big deal.

Just relax.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Usually my dad and I cook a huge feast, but unfortunately he is out of the country for business and this Thanksgiving is going to be a bit different.

Sad face.

But, heres to a bit of change for once.

I guess I need to embrace it.

Before we all indulge.

Let me give you a shot of healthiness.

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We are making muffins.

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With this awesome protein powder that Nuzest sent me.

I chose to use their Cappuccino flavor in these muffins because I’m a coffee freak, so ya.

However, they were kind enough to send me a sample of their Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate protein powders as well.

These muffins are ahhhhhbsolutely delicious.

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I am usually very picky about my protein powders but after I did my research of Nuzest I got really excited.

Usually, I can’t find a protein powder without the word whey or a ton of other ingredients in it that I haven’t heard of.

Nuzest changes all of that.

Nuzest has developed what they call their “Clean, Lean, and Green” protein formula that consists of 100% vegetable protein isolate from European Golden Peas.

What shocked me even more is that each protein powder has five or less ingredients in it!

What the what?

Oh, not to mention this stuff is free of GMO’s, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free!

A++++

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Seriously, your muffins just got ten times better.

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It’s definitely a protein powder that you can feel good about.

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Plus, the combo of peanut butter, banana, and sweet potato is absolutely fall-tastic.

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Yep, I’m extra cheesy today.

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😉

Head on over to Nuzest and check out their products and recipes!

 

PB Sweet Potato Protein Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins, Snack
Cuisine: America
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Serves: 12
 
Fluffy peanut butter muffins sweetened w/ banana and sweet potato, with a bit of cappuccino protein powder for a fall spin on a healthy snack. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ c. sweet potato puree
  • 1 c. all-natural smooth peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ c. pure maple syrup
  • ¼ c. Nuzest Cappuccino flavored protein powder
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • maple syrup + peanut butter, optional topping
Instructions
  1. For the muffins, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin w/ paper liners and grease each liner w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the banana, sweet potato, peanut butter, eggs, and maple syrup until smooth.
  3. Stir in the protein powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Evenly divide the batter between each of the 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about ½ full with batter.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  6. In a small bowl, combine 2 T. maple syrup w/ 2 T. smooth peanut butter.
  7. If you wish, drizzle each muffin w/ this glaze.

MANGIA!!!

Choices

Sometimes being an adult is tough.

I just want my parents to make life decisions for me.

Ya know, I want my mom to make me a pb & j, burn the toast, and cut them into 4 separate triangles.

I want to not have to think about what effect my choices will have on my future.

I just want to rock some navy blue keds w/ a plaid scrunchie and blast Spice Girl’s and Wilson Phillips…sing at the top of my lungs, and eat as much pizza as I want.

I want to have my cake and eat it too.

If that makes sense.

Thanks be to gaaaaaaawd that I can make decisions when it comes to food.

Hello, banana bread.

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 This one has good for you stuff in it.

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Like a chocolate chip cinnamon swirl.

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It’s totally got a coconut cinnamon glaze on top too!

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Oh, and it’s got coffee flavored protein powder in it too!

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Because, ya know…a little protein never hurt anybody.

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So, this bread has got to be healthy, riggggggght?

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Mhhhhhm.

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Exactly.

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirled Protein Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
A fluffy, cake-like banana bread with a rich chocolate cinnamon swirled throughout. Topped w/ a coconut butter cinnamon glaze and packed with a coffee flavored protein powder for a bread you can feel healthier about. Gluten-free, paleo,
Ingredients
  • For the bread:
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ c. unsalted, roasted cashew butter
  • 2 T. melted coconut butter
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • 2 T. coffee flavored protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Protein brand)
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • ½ t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • For the swirl:
  • 2 T. coconut butter
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • ¼ c. vegan mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 T. slightly melted coconut butter (I used Artisan brand for this)
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. For the bread, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8x8 square baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the bananas, eggs, cashew butter, coconut butter, and stevia until smooth.
  4. Stir in the protein powder, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  6. For the swirl, combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and melt gradually in the microwave, stirring until smooth and completely melted (10-12 minute intervals).
  7. Pour the swirl mixture on top of the batter and use a knife to swirl the chocolate throughout the baking dish.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  9. Let cool completely, cut into squares.
  10. For the glaze, combine both ingredients in a small mixing bowl, mixing until smooth.
  11. Drizzle the glaze over each square of banana bread.

MANGIA!!!

Pouring

I’m pretty convinced that I have become absolutely ridiculous.

Yep.

Or, some of my actions lately…completely ridiculous.

Insane, even.

It’s been a rather stormy and wet summer round’ these here parts.

Of course, I choose to be unprepared for any such weather involving rain.

Including when I’m at work.

So, naturally, it would decide to start POURING down rain at exactly the time I’m supposed to leave work on Tuesday.

There I stand, gazing out the window, thinking about my next move.

Do I race three blocks to my car &  ruin my perfectly styled  hair? Ummmm…no.

Do I use my jacket as an umbrella? Ummmmm let’s see…cars, traffic, roads, me not being able to see…ya…no.

So, I went into my company’s bookstore and purchased an umbrella…for a whopping TWENTY-SEVEN dollars!

I must be out of my mind.

Good thing we have more rain on the way. 😉

Now I can use my fancy umbrella.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that I’m ridiculously infatuated w/ all things coconut.

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But you already knew that.

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So, naturally, why wouldn’t I put all things coconut into a brownie?

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Duh.

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You should probably know…

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there is some protein powder up in here too.

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Because my plan is to make you think these are health brownies.

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Well…

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semi-healthy.

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😉

Toasted Coconut Protein Brownie Bites
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 14
 
Tiny, melt in your mouth cocoa brownie bites made w/ creamy coconut butter, protein powder, and topped w/ toasted coconut and extra coconut butter for the perfect snack. Gluten-free, paleo, vegan, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • ¼ c. sifted coconut flour
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T. protein powder (I used coffee flavored Raw Protein but you can use unsweetened, vanilla, or chocolate)
  • 2 T. ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 c. semi-melted coconut butter, plus extra for topping
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • 1 T. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. toasted coconut flakes, for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. square baking pan w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, cocoa powder, protein powder, flax, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Mix in the coconut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared dish.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.
  6. Let cool, refrigerate the brownies, and then cut into tiny, bite-sized squares.
  7. Top w/ a drizzle of melted coconut butter and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.

MANGIA!!!

Protein Police.

I’m addicted to chips.

Kale chips, that is.

I nearly had a heart attack the other day when my local health foods store was out of my fave flavor.

I’m so pathetic I have even gone as far as to order some of my kale chips off Amazon.

I even had Whole Foods special order them from me.

A 12-bag box isn’t even enough.

I’ve also been addicted to nut butters lately…surprise, surprise.

I’m always addicted to them.

Especially peanut butter.

But lately…almond butter too.

Kill me now.

It’s good protein, right?

So, five spoons worth won’t hurt, right?

Let’s make cookies w/ this stuff.

Makes me feel a little better about my addiction.

Because somehow substituting cookies for almond butter makes sense…?!

Oh well.

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You know how I feel about cookies.

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You know I put some coconut up in there too.

Hello, new to me product.

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This stuff is ammmmmazing. Seriously, just ground hemp seeds.

Totally paleo.

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Boom chaka-laka.

Coconut Cacao Protein Cookies.

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Oh yes, you know it…it’s been said…and brought.

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These babies are slightly chocolatey w/ a nutty almond flavor, wrapped in coconut…

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perfect pre or post-workout or “I love to sit on the couch and watch re-runs of Summerland on Youtube” snack.

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But I don’t know anyone who does that. 😉

5.0 from 2 reviews
Coconut Cacao Protein Cookies
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Recipe type: Snack, Cookie
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 21
 
Tender and slightly crispy cookies packed w/ coconut, cacao powder, almond butter, and hemp protein for the perfect snack. Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 2 T. hemp protein powder
  • 2 T. cacao powder
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 4 packets of granulated stevia (you could also use a couple of drops of liquid stevia or about 2 t. coconut sugar)
  • 2 T. ground flaxseed meal + 4 T. water (mix together let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 2 T. unsweetened, shredded coconut (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 T. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. unsalted, roasted almond butter
  • ¾ c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Add in the flax mixture, coconut, vanilla, almond butter, and almond milk, stirring until a big round ball of dough forms.
  4. Using your hands, roll the dough into 1-in. round balls, roll each ball into shredded coconut, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.
  6. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Nutritional Facts (per cookie ball (1/21)): Calories: 55.5, Total Fat: 3.1g, Sodium: 92.5mg, Potassium: 32.3mg, Total Carb: 4.9g, Dietary Fiber: 2.8g, Sugars: 0.6g, Protein: 2g

MANGIA!!!